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Palacio de Hierro Cantina | © Lydia Carey
Palacio de Hierro Cantina | © Lydia Carey
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A Food-Lover's Guide to Polanco, Mexico City

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Updated: 13 September 2017
Polanco is Mexico City’s modern gem. Its high-rise buildings, upscale shopping, and fine dining draw the wealthy capitalinos and tourists seeking Mexico’s sophisticated side. However, its eating and drinking options in fact cover a wide range of budgets and tastes, and food-lovers will want to try it all.

Fine Dining

The big names that inhabit Polanco are reliably outstanding. Enrique Olvera’s Pujol is one of Mexico’s and Latin America’s best restaurants, serving an artistic combination of traditional Mexico dishes using modern international techniques with an imagination all his own. Astrid y Gaston came to Polanco all the way from its flagship restaurant in Lima – although many diners say that their Mexican location is their best. At Astrid y Gaston you will experience the haute cuisine of the duo’s home country, Peru, with a menu that includes some of the best ceviche you will ever try. Head to Biko for Spanish–Mexican fusion, El Bajío for traditional Mexican cuisine, and Dulcinea for modern Mexican in the heart of Polanco’s most pedestrian-friendly area.

Pujol, Calle Tennyson 133, Polanco IV Sección, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015555454111

Astrid y Gaston, Tennyson 117, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552822666

Biko, Presidente Masaryk 407, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552822064

El Bajío, Calle Alejandro Dumas 7, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552818245

Dulcinea, Oscar Wilde #29, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552804372

Buying Gourmet

If gourmet shopping is where you heart is, several places in Polanco fit the bill. The ostentatious labyrinth at Polanco’s Palacio de Hierro department store provides you with intimate gourmet corners where you can purchase coffee from around the world, hard-to-find Mexican wines, French cheeses, and decadent sweets. The cantina on the third floor has an interesting list of cocktails and great views of the city, in an old-style luxurious setting. There are several shops that cater to the growing number of eaters who want organic and local foods. You can purchase quality items at the Green Corner Grocery or the Puerta Moliere Interiorismo & Organic Food (which also sells interior decor items).

Palacio de Hierro, Moliere 222, Los Morales, Polanco II Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552837200

Green Corner, Avenida Homero 1730, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Polanco I Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015567217075

Puerta Moliere Interiorismo & Organic Food, Moliere 129 esq. Horacio, Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552805456

Palacio de Hierro Cantina
Palacio de Hierro Cantina | © Lydia Carey

Keeping pace with a trend that has been growing throughout the city, Polanco is home to two gourmet food courts: the La Morera Market and the Mercado Moliere. These two markets, like their counterparts in Colonias Roma and Juarez, offer diners access to an international menu of small gourmet restaurants and cater heavily to daytime office workers and businesspeople in Polanco. Both are better lunch than dinner options, as they tend to close early.

La Morera Market, Av. Ferrocarril de Cuernavaca, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Polanco I Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +5 015563030384

Mercado Moliere, Prol. Moliere 500, Granada, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015568450968

Polanco street sign
Polanco street sign | © Matthew Rutledge

Markets and Street Food

Maybe, instead of all this gourmet gastronomy, you would like a taste of street food, something down home and delicious for under 10 bucks? Look no further than the neighborhood’s weekly outdoor markets. A small tianguis sets up outside the Soumaya museum on Mondays, selling vegetables, fruit, freshly cut flowers, and chicken, as well as a large assortment of tacos, gorditas, flautas, and quesadillas. On Fridays, right around the corner in front of the Polanco Aquarium, a different open-air market sets up, selling similar items. On Sundays, a small market takes place steps from the San Joaquin metro stop in one of Polanco’s more residential neighborhoods and is a great place to find barbacoa, a slow-cooked meat that is a Mexico City favorite.

Sunday Market, Calle Lago Ginebra 167 11490 Mexico, D.F.

Friday Market, in front of the Inbursa Aquarium on Cuernavaca Ave.

Monday Market, Miguel Cervantes Saavedra 303, Col. Granada, Mexico City, Mexico

Polanco’s Soumaya Museum
Polanco’s Soumaya Museum | © Lui_piquee / flickr

We also highly recommend El Rey del Suadero on Horacio Street for suadero (beef) tacos that will blow you away; or try El Turix, a local hangout that serves up simple, well-made Yucatecan food.

El Turix, Calle Emilio Castelar 212, Polanco lll sección, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552806449

El Rey del Suadero, Avenida Horacio 206, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015555450560

International Options

Polanco has the unique distinction of having the city’s largest Jewish population, and therefore has by far the best kosher stores around. If you can’t be bothered with ingredients and want readymade, try Klein’s Polanco, a classic Jewish deli that has been around for generations. There are also several good Indian and Asian options, including Tandoor, which has two locations (the other is in Condesa) and serves excellent Indian and Pakistani food.

Klein’s Polanco, Av. Pdte. Masaryk 360B, Polanco, Dos Lagos, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552810862

Tandoor,Calle Copérnico 156, Miguel Hidalgo, Nueva Anzures, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015568029921

Most of the neighborhood’s upscale hotels have decent food options, and many have great bars too. The Presidente InterContinental is home to Au Pied de Cochon, a well-respected French cuisine restaurant; Habita hotel has a chic-modern rooftop bar; and the Living Room Bar on the top of the W Mexico City has weekly DJs and a decor that fits the hotel’s urban art vibe.

Au Pied de Cochon, Campos Elíseos 218, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015553277756

Habita Hotel, Av. Pdte. Masaryk 201, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015552823100

Living Room Bar, Calle Campos Elíseos 252, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 015591381800